Frequently asked questions

In which segments does Bain operate?
When consultants start at Bain, do they become specialists of a given industry or practice?
Can I still become an associate consultant if I didn’t take any math, finance or marketing classes in college?
How will Bain prepare me for a consulting career?
At Bain, will I have opportunities to gain international experience?
How is Bain different from other consultancies?
Is it true that consultants spend all of their time working?
What is involved in the two pre-interview multiple-choice tests?
What is a case interview?
Where are the pre-interview tests and interviews held?

  1. In which segments does Bain operate?
    As with the rest of Bain’s worldwide offices, Bain Brazil helps clients in many different industries, such as financial services, oil and gas, mining, retail and so on.
  2. When consultants start at Bain, do they become specialists of a given industry or practice?
    No. At the beginning of their Bain career, consultants will work on projects in different industries and practices. As they progress through their career, they will focus on a specific practice or industry.
  3. Can I still become an associate consultant if I didn’t take any math, finance or marketing classes in college?
    Bain accepts students from any field of higher education, but candidates must demonstrate strong analytical skills and good business sense. Candidates do not need to have any specific business knowledge, as they will quickly gain this knowledge on the job and throughout their career.
  4. How will Bain prepare me for a consulting career?
    Bain is committed to helping our employees excel at their jobs and create value for our clients. With this objective, we invest heavily in training from day one. Our employees receive training in the São Paulo office and at Bain’s training sessions throughout the world. In addition, our junior employees are supported, coached and mentored by more experienced consultants, which is an important aspect of the Bain experience. We have a saying at Bain: "A Bainie never lets another Bainie fail." We are proud to have a very cooperative culture, where we help one another.
  5. At Bain, will I have opportunities to gain international experience?
    Yes. Approximately every 18 months Bain consultants attend to an international training session, where peers throughout the world get together to receive the learning's necessary for their careers.
    Yes. Approximately every 18 months, Bain consultants attend global training sessions, which not only equip them with the knowledge and skills needed for their jobs, but also enable them to get together with their peers from Bain offices throughout the world. In addition, employees who perform well are offered the chance to transfer to a Bain office in another country for six months. There is also the possibility of pursuing an MBA at one of the best business schools, with tuition paid through Bain sponsorship.
  6. How is Bain different from other consultancies?
    It may be difficult for candidates who don’t have a lot of knowledge about the consulting world to understand the differences between consulting firms. At Bain, we encourage candidates to get to know the different players in our industry in order to make the best personal choice when deciding where to work. We can confidently say that Bain is deeply focused on generating value for our clients; we deliver results, not reports.
  7. Is it true that consultants spend all of their time working?
    The work is very demanding and deliverables must be held in high priority. Even so, we care about the work-life balance of our consultants. Our consultants have time to enjoy their families and invest in different hobbies.
  8. What is involved in the two pre-interview multiple-choice tests?
    The first test is based on the GMAT, which assesses reasoning skills and is used by graduate management programs as a criterion for admission. Our test has a total of 15 critical reasoning, data sufficiency and problem-solving questions, and candidates are given 25 minutes to complete it.
    The second test is based on actual business cases and evaluates candidates’ business sense and ability to analyze a business situation. Questions will test candidates’ ability to interpret data and manipulate numbers. Candidates will be presented with two business cases and then asked to answer 15 questions in 45 minutes.
  9. What is a case interview?
    The objective of the case interview is to give candidates a better understanding of our work process by simulating an actual Bain case. Candidates are presented with a business problem and then asked to structure the problem and recommend a practical solution using qualitative and quantitative reasoning.
  10. Where are the pre-interview tests and interviews held?
    The pre-interview tests are given at our recruiting events, held at leading colleges and universities in Brazil. The interviews will take place in our São Paulo office or at different business schools during our MBA recruiting events. Bain will pay travel expenses for candidates who are invited to interview with Bain and who live in areas outside of São Paulo.